This is an introductory training to working with sand in an integrative way. It is open to trained counsellors and therapists working with adults or children, also to teachers, youth workers and other professionals and trainees who wish to explore the transformational healing power of archetypes and symbols through the extraordinary medium of sandplay. Whilst we will cover some theory during this integrative sandplay training, these are predominantly experiential workshops and you will be creating your own sandtrays as well as learning from other participants' sandtrays.
Please note that Integrative Sandplay is different from the classic Jungian Sandplay, in that it incorporates many Jungian principles but also borrows from other models and perspectives. If you are interested in classic Jungian/Kalffian Sandplay, visit the website of the Association for Sandplay Therapy.
2024 Introduction to Integrative Sandplay Therapy:
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th January 2024 [FULL]
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May 2024 [Places available]
The Sand & Sound Centre, Unit 1, Reddish Business Centre, 123a Gorton Road, Reddish, Stockport, Greater Manchester SK5 6EE
Feedback from participants:
'I attended a 2 day Integrative sand tray therapy course run by Masha Bennett this week, and wow! Amazing. Such powerful work that I can't wait to offer in my practice. Already collecting symbols and eyeing up trays! Thanks so much, Masha, totally recommend her training.'
'After day 2 of the Integrative Sandplay workshop I went away with so much knowledge and understanding. I cant wait to start sharing my new skills with my clients... i loved it.'
'What a really wonderful introduction to sandplay therapy this week. It was quite moving and thought provoking. I have already made a start working with some young people in the sandtray, and the results have helped them connect on a totally different level. Thank you, Masha, for your amazing training.'
'I recently completed the integrative sandplay therapy course with Masha and found it to be a wonderful experience. Masha is so nurturing and held the space so well. We were even treated to the gongs which was fantastic. I would definitely recommended her courses and look forward to hopefully attending more in the future.'
'I have sincerely loved your training as it has continued to re-energise my passion for the sand as a sand therapist!.. You have led us through this training with such skill, sensitivity and humour, I have loved every minute of it.'
Standard fee £225, early bird £195 if paying at least a month in advance. Some discounts may be available for candidates on low income. Deposit of £50 reserves your place.
Included in the cost of the workshop:
* use of the Centre's extensive sandplay symbol collection
* light refreshments throughout two days (not lunch)
* course manual (delivered in electronic format)
* CPD certificate
* email or phone support from the tutor in the month following the course (if needed)
Other Sandplay Courses
For those who have completed the Introduction to Integrative Sandplay, or an equivalent course covering the basics of therapeutic work with sand, I also offer a specialist training Working with Trauma in the Sand, in two parts (each part is two days). More details here.
Another specialist CPD course offered is Sound in the Sandtray - more details here.
To book your place, complete the form here
To find out more about the training or to discuss whether it is suitable for you, please contact the trainer
I offer both Jungian and Integrative Sandplay Therapy, incorporating non-directive and directive aspects of the work, depending on client's needs. All forms of Sand Therapy are powerful, creative and transformational healing processes for adults and children, utilising symbol and metaphor to connect with and express our unconscious.
During your session you create a three-dimensional picture or a miniature "world" within the boundaries of the specially designed sandtray. This can help express your innermost feelings, make you aware of your unconscious processes, develop insight into the deeper layers of your being, gradually soften internal conflicts and bring about the sense of integration and wholeness. Personal change, healing and problem resolution occur through symbolic exploration and alchemical transformation within the sandtray.
I also offer clinical supervision to other sand therapists, from Integrative Sandplay perspective.
I offer both occasional/one-off sessions and also the longer-term Jungian Sandplay process. Sand therapy is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds, and has a number of advantages over conventional talking therapies:
In sandplay therapy disclosure of difficult personal information is not required
You are in control of what you do in the sand therapy session
Sand therapy helps to enhance creativity and intuition
Integrative sandplay therapy works mostly on unconscious level and does not demand conscious effort
Sand therapy can help promotes sense of play and fun, and reconnect us with creativity
Integrative sandplay therapy is safe and powerful at the same time
Sand therapy can help enhance spiritual connection and growth
There is no requirement for home tasks to be completed between sessions
Sessions can take place at longer intervals than with traditional talking therapies
One-off or occasional sessions can be very powerful in their own right
Sandplay Therapy session cost for individuals - £70 per hour, concessions may be available for people on low income.
Session cost for couples - £90 for a 1-hour session, concessions may be available for families on low income.
Clinical Supervision is offered at £70 per hour to sand therapy professionals, from perspective of Integrative Sandplay Therapy, either face-to-face in Stockport, Manchester, or online via Zoom.
Sandplay Coaching is also available - this is suitable for leaders, managers, professionals and other individuals who wish to use this creative and transformational approach for professional and personal development, to enhance your problem-solving and decision-making ability, to help resolve interpersonal conflicts, develop your intuition, confidence, self-awareness and leadership skills. Sandplay Coaching sessions for leaders and managers, either online or at The Sand & Sound Centre in Stockport, Manchester, cost £125 per hour. Sandplay Coaching for teams also available, please enquire to discuss the details.
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